Phone Booths by Famous Architects (By Famous Architects Series)

by Steve Schaecher | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 0764928872 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HI77 of Fort Myers, Florida USA on 9/2/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by HI77 from Fort Myers, Florida USA on Sunday, September 02, 2018
Sometimes no matter how hard

opportunity knocks on the glass,
you're on the phone for Pete's sake!

Journal Entry 2 by HI77 at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Sunday, September 16, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (9/11/2018 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

This is one of those weird books that you just can't help but be curious about. :)

It was just too funny a concept. I'm not sure the reality was as funny as the idea of it but it was fun to read their parodies of famous structures. Kind of gives you a new angle to view them from.

But now there is someone else that would like to read it. So off it goes as a trade! :)

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, September 22, 2018
The Big Box of Trade Books arrived safely today; many thanks! This sounded like a fun concept for a book, one that might work well as a themed release near a suitably offbeat sculpture - and/or phone booth...

Later: Definitely more fun in concept than execution, I'm afraid, though part of that has to do with my ignorance of the styles of a good percentage of the architects selected. I enjoyed the preface - ostensibly by the punnily-pseudonymed "Clare Loose Booth" - which offers a variety of reasons to preserve the now-mostly-vanished phone booths, including "room for superheroes to put on their tights and capes" (this reminded me of the excellent sight-gag in Christopher Reeve's first Superman movie, where - seeking a place to change to his costume - he spies a modern-style pay-phone that's just a shelf, no actual enclosure, does a sad double-take, and moves on). Of the architects, the entries that amused me most included Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe - whose linear style resulted in a phone booth indistinguishable from the classic style; Eero Saarinen, whose Kresge Auditorium at MIT is one of the architectural styles I actually recognized; and Sir Norman Foster, whose phone booth is a standard red UK phone box with a dome on top that's reminiscent either of Foster's work on the Reichstag - or his work on the "Gherkin"...

I also appreciated the "engineer log book" format; each page is carefully numbered as "page X of 64 pages", with a sidebar including space for a revision history. Nice touch!

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Pawtucket Canal (see notes) in Lowell, Massachusetts USA on Friday, September 28, 2018

Released 11 mos ago (9/28/2018 UTC) at Pawtucket Canal (see notes) in Lowell, Massachusetts USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I left this book, bagged against the elements, on a bench near the restored canal buildings on the Pawtucket Canal at Broadway and Tyng Streets. (Saw some people visiting the historical site via canal-boat tours - I'll have to take the tour one of these days!) Hope the finder enjoys the book!

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*** Released for the 2018 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

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